April 27, 2010

the secret weapon: new kids on the block

in light of manuel noriega's extradition to france this week, i have a great little piece of history to share...

during the december 1989 invasion of panama, the country's dictator holed up inside the papal nuncio residence in the capital city.  in addition to the grave matters of deposing a leader and managing civilian casualties, the united states military had one other important task: figure out how to get noriega to come out of hiding.

their solution? blast him with some good old american rock and roll.  as soon as the media heard that the military would be setting up loudspeakers around noriega's residence, requests started pouring in.  you can find official military documentation of the song requests here, here, and here.  most of it is pretty solid classic rock, but new kids on the block snuck onto the list somehow...

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